Jurrien Timber’s proposed transfer to Arsenal is edging ever closer with the club ready to conclude the deal next week.
Arsenal are discussing final details of the deal after reportedly reaching full agreement with Ajax and the player has accepted a move to North London.
Timber has agreed to sign a five-year contract with Arsenal following Ajax’s acceptance of a third bid for their talented 22-year-old defender.
Arsenal will pay an initial £40 million, with an additional £5 million in potential bonuses.
Timber is expected to travel to London within the next 72 hours to finalize the transfer and take his medical before official announcement.
According to Fabrizio Romano on Saturday: “Arsenal are getting closer to completing Jurrien Timber deal. Sources feel it will be done next week. Negotiations at the final stages since Thursday — more positive contacts took place. Payment terms being discussed with Ajax… and then time for medical.”
Last summer, Timber rejected an offer from Manchester United, as Netherland boss Louis van Gaal cautioned him that joining his former club could significantly hinder his chances of being selected for the World Cup squad.
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Timber opted to remain with Ajax, which was going through a challenging phase due to coach Erik ten Hag’s departure to Old Trafford and the departure of several crucial players. As a result, the Amsterdam club encountered difficulties during that period.
Former Netherlands striker Marco Van Basten said Timber’s technically helped Ajax in build-up play last season: “Timber is a technically skilled player. His biggest strength is the build up from the back. He is comfortable with the ball and in the good times for Ajax, they were playing brilliantly because of Timber’s style in defence.”
Timber displays remarkable courage when it comes to making career choices. As a teenager, he fearlessly made the move from Feyenoord to their bitter rivals Ajax, alongside his twin brother Quinten, despite facing backlash from supporters of the Rotterdam club.
While Quinten eventually returned to Feyenoord last summer, Timber’s journey began at the age of five when he joined DVSU, a junior club based in Utrecht.
Notably, the young players at DVSU have always sported Arsenal kits, and despite being three years younger, the Timber twins showcased such exceptional talent that the club eagerly signed them up. To aid their adjustment, older brothers Dylan and Chris played a pivotal role in helping them settle into the new environment.